Answer three of the following four questions in paragraph form, 1-1/2 to 2 pages each
Environmental politics entails many values clashes, both between environmentalists and
their opponents, and within the environmental movement. In essay form, describe
any two of these three sets of values conflicts: (1) Science and technology vs. humanism; (2)
Economic efficiency vs. humanism; (3) Conflict over the proper role of government in
society, reflecting value differences between individualism and communitarianism.
Considering the environmental movement itself, comment on the contrast between preservationists and conservationists. Discuss.
Environmental interest groups are varied and typically are in heated conflict with the environmental opposition movement. In essay form, describe differences between “mainstream” and “direct action” environmental groups, and give at least one example of each. Describe the environmental opposition movement, including commentary on at least two of these elements: the property-rights movement, county-supremacy movement, and Sagebrush Rebellion/Wise Use movement (treat them interchangeably). Comment on the role and prevailing ideology of “extractive industries” in supporting the
the environmental opposition movement, and identify at least three “extractive industries”
and what they hope to gain in opposing the environmental movement. Discuss.
The environmental justice movement emerged in 1982 in North Carolina. In essay form,
describe the founding of the environmental justice movement, and what its goals are.
Based on the video we watched, comment on any two of these environmental-justice cases: the proposed toxic-waste incinerator in Kettleman City, California; corporate hog farming in eastern North Carolina; and chemical contamination in West Dallas, Texas. What scientific, political, and economic factors are likely to influence decisions on locating LULU (locally unwanted land use) facilities? Discuss.
We have examined the roles of the U.S. presidency and Congress in environmental politics. In essay form, briefly describe the U.S. public policy process, and comment on which stages therein the president has the most influence, and which Congress has most influence. Describe the environmental policy directions pursued by (1) Ronald Reagan, (2) either Bush 41 (R) or Clinton (D), (3) one of these presidents opposite the party of your choice in #2: Obama (D) or Trump (R). Your answers should reflect major environmental policy actions pursued by your chosen presidents, how they were received by environmental and environmental-opposition interests, and top appointees as EPA administrator and Interior Secretary. Discuss,